Civic Awards 2009 Leisure Bursary

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You can watch the awards presentation in full. Click the back button at the bottom of the page and click the link to watch the webcast.

Paralympic hopeful, Lauren Smith is the winner of the Sports Leisure Bursary for 2009. Lauren lives in Waltham Abbey where she attends King Harold School. She trains and competes at the elite level within the British Disability Swimming Programme and has been selected to represent Great Britain at the Danish Open Championships later this month.

Lauren was unable to attend the awards but a cheque for fifteen hundred pounds will help toward achieving her ambition to qualify for London Paralympics 2012.

Makedoandmend

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Makedo&mend image

Makedoandmend, an artistic collaboration between young and older people and adults with disabilities from Loughton, Chigwell and Waltham Abbey will be officially launched on Tuesday 7 April 2009 at 3pm at Loughton Youth Centre, 106 Borders Lane, Loughton 1G10 3SB. Vice Chairman of Council Councillor Penny Smith will be attending.

As we end a decade where recycling has become a global imperative, makedo&mend, a multi-disciplinary arts project run by Epping Forest District Council, takes its artistic inspiration from a decade in the previous Century when rationing was the norm, new clothing items rare and a harsh post-war era required people to make do with what they had or mend and repair items normally thrown away. The project sees groups `recycling` the fashion, music and film of the 1940s with contemporary styles to `make do` or `mend`, to create new and original work.

Makedo&mend has distinct strands that feed into each other throughout the year. Young and older people and adults with disabilities from Waltham Abbey, Chigwell and Loughton will collaborate to create a body of work consisting of an original fashion collection, a dance video, a music track and a style magazine featuring all the work produced. The initiative culminates in an exhibition running for two months in partnership with Epping Forest District Museum in Waltham Abbey from 10 October to 1 December incorporating rare pieces from the Museum`s costume collection and a programme of public workshops on the themes of makedo&mend.

The fashion aspect of the project grew out of the need to develop cross-generational relationships in Loughton. Makedo&mend will encourage older residents to pass on their memories and experience of 1940s fashion to young people on a project that is relevant to present day issues.

The London College of Fashion is also involved as a partner in the project to reach out to young people in environments such as youth centres to make them feel confident about their ability to achieve at higher education. As well as bringing generations together and creating pathways to careers, makedo&mend also reaches out to groups in care. Alder House is a residential home for people with disabilities aged 23 to 65 years and they will work with artist Emily Jost to design clothing with a 1940s slant but use their disability as an opportunity for design innovation.

Another aspect of makedo&mend is the music. The music becomes a pathway to mend relationships between groups of young people. A group from Waltham Abbey will create a tune using a 1940s track as inspiration and a group from Limes Farm will work with sound artist Arjunan Manuelpillai to write lyrics and record the vocals. In doing so, this part of the project facilitates two groups of young people who would normally be rivals to share and inspire each other.

Image details – John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library. Make do and mend, pamphlet, ca 1943. JCPML00715/7 Original held by National Archives of Australia B5641/1, K4.

Further Update on Fire at Birchwood Industrial Estate

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Since the last information provided to residents of Nazeing by Epping Forest District Council, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service has issued further updates.

The fire at Nazeing

  • two fire appliances remain on site at the Birchwood Industrial Estate
  • water is no longer being drawn from a local lake via a high volume pump
  • Hoe Lane is now open to traffic

The fire continues to burn under control and Essex County Fire and Rescue Service expects to be at the scene for at least the next 24 hours.

The Epping Forest District Council Emergency Planning Team distributed a letter to residents in Nazeing earlier today prior to the updates listed above.

Text of the letter can be seen below.

“Information Update “ Birchwood Industrial Estate, Nazeing – Fire

You may be aware that Essex County Fire and Rescue Service has been tackling a fire at the Birchwood Industrial Estate off Hoe Lane since the early hours of Monday morning. You may have seen the flames, a glow in the night sky, or the column of smoke. However, residents should not be unduly alarmed. The fire is under control and while inconvenient to local residents, it hopefully should not cause you undue stress or concern.

The seat of the fire is a very large wood pile originally intended for recycling into chipboard and other products.

Three fire appliances remain on site at the estate as Firefighters continue to manage the fire. The wood pile has burned steadily but under the control of Essex County Fire and Rescue Service.  The material is thought to be clean wood burning at a very high temperature producing relatively little smoke. Residents living nearby and in Nazeing are being advised there is no need to keep their windows and doors closed although in the current cold weather most people will be doing so anyway.

Environmental Health Officers from Epping Forest District Council are supporting the Fire Service. They are also monitoring air quality at various points around Nazeing which has so far raised no signs for concern. The Environment Agency is monitoring water run-off from the site but the situation is being helped by the Fire Service recycling water, collecting it as it runs off the wood pile and spraying it on again. Further water supplies are being brought to the site from hydrants in Hoe Lane and from a local lake via a high volume pump.

It is thought the fire is likely to burn for several days. Wind and weather may affect the timescales. Fire Breaks have also been created to separate the burning sections of the wood pile from the rest.

We cannot be certain when the fire will be fully extinguished or what the weather will do over the next few days, however, the outlook is promising.  Hoe Lane is closed but residents and businesses have access to their properties.

If you would like further updates please listen to broadcasts on local radio stations. You can also log on to the Council Website, www.eppingforestdc.gov.uk which we will keep up to date with the latest news from our colleagues at the Fire Service.

Please accept my assurances of our support.

Yours faithfully

Derek Macnab
Deputy Chief Executive
(Epping Forest District Council Emergency Planning Team)”

Fire at Birchwood Industrial Estate Update

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Four fire appliances remain on site at Birchwood Industrial Estate in Nazeing as Firefighters continue to manage the fire that broke out in the early hours of Monday morning. The large wood pile has burned steadily but under the control of Essex County Fire and Rescue Service. By keeping the surrounding wood dampened down, the centre of the pile is being allowed to burn down. The material is thought to be `clean wood` burning at a very high temperature producing relatively little smoke. Residents living nearby and in Nazeing are being advised there is no need to keep their windows and doors closed although in the current cold weather most people will be doing so anyway.

Environmental Health Officers from Epping Forest District Council continue to support the Fire Service. They are also monitoring air quality at various points around Nazeing which has so far raised no signs of concern. The Environment Agency is monitoring water run-off from the site but the situation is being helped by the Fire Service recycling water, collecting it as it runs off the wood pile and spraying it on again.

Firefighters continue to manage the fire

Further water supplies are being brought to the site from hydrants in Hoe Lane and from a local lake via a high volume pump.

It is thought the fire is likely to burn for several days. Wind and weather may affect the timescales. Fire Breaks have also been created to separate the burning sections of the wood pile from the rest.

Councillor Di Collins, Leader of Epping Forest District Council said: I would like to thank the Essex County Fire and Rescue Service for the marvellous job they are doing. Thankfully, despite the scale of the fire no-one has been hurt or injured and it is now a question of containing and managing it. We believe the wood pile is essentially clean wood that was intended for recycling, so the smoke coming off it is very similar to a very large bonfire. Residents should therefore not be unduly alarmed.

Councillor Collins continued: District Council Environmental Health Officers will continue to monitor air quality around the site but so far all the signs have been good. They have also been in contact to reassure the local primary school which is largely unaffected.

While we can`t be certain when the fire will finally be extinguished or what the weather will do over the next few days, the outlook is promising. Hoe Lane remains closed but residents and businesses have access to their properties and I hope everything will return to normal as soon as possible.

HOPE Comes to Residents

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The residents of Epping Forest District Council`s Sheltered Housing Scheme in Parsonage Court in Loughton played host to the residents of Jubilee Court in Waltham Abbey for a competition with a Nintendo Wii and the Wii sports game.

Residents too part in a Wii sport bowling competition

Chairman John Knapman bowling a spareThe competition was suggested after Tottenham Hotspur Football Club donated a Wii to Parsonage Court as part of the HOPE (Helping Older People Exercise) initiative to encourage older residents of the community to become more fit and active.

 

Natalie Saunders of the HOPE organisation shows a resident how to play

Chairman of Council Councillor John Knapman presented a Wii to Jubilee Court before the competition started. He said: I hope this gift to Jubilee Court will help the residents in their campaign to get healthier.

Natalie Saunders of the HOPE organisation also took part in the activities scoring a strike in the Wii bowling.

Bernard Babbage celebrates a strike

Jubilee Court were the eventual winners with a victorious 99 points and Parsonage Court only having practised once the previous day came in close second with 93 points.

The winning team from Jubilee Court

Spurs Star Gets Tenants Active

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Match of the Day came to Waltham Abbey on Monday 27 October 2008. Spurs and England defender Jonathan Woodgate was the star attraction at the launch of a new project designed to get older residents fit and active. Mr Woodgate launched the HOPE (Helping Older People Exercise) project at Jubilee Court, Epping Forest District Council`s sheltered housing scheme in Waltham Abbey, 24 hours after the announcement of Harry Redknapp`s appointment as the new Spurs manager and the team`s first Premier League win of the season.

Spurs and England defender Jonathan Woodgate with Jubilee Court residents

Match of the Day presenter Mark Bright who scored over 200 goals during a glittering football career with teams including Charlton, Leicester, Millwall, Sheffield Wednesday and Crystal Palace put the questions to Jonathan Woodgate. HOPE is being delivered by the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation in partnership with Epping Forest District Council via funding from the Football Foundation and Comic Relief. Football stars and Jubilee Court tenants were invited to take part in seated exercises led by the District Council`s Active Health Development Officer, David Hogg, as well as golf, bowling and baseball on the Nintendo Wii.

Match of the Day presenter Mark Bright playing the Nintendo Wii (image © Guardian Newspapers)

After the workout with tenants Jonathan Woodgate and Mark Bright also tried out a special back massage therapy.

Chairman John Knapman at the launch of the HOPE project (image © Guardian Newspapers)Councillor John Knapman, Chairman of Epping Forest District Council demonstrated his golfing skills on the Wii and took part in the seated exercise. He thanked Spurs and congratulated the club on the expansion of its work within the local community.

He said: I am very proud of the close links forged in recent years between Spurs and Epping Forest District Council. We already have a very strong track record working with young people on housing estates such as Limes Farm in Chigwell. This latest initiative with our older people is very welcome. Spurs is much more than `big business`. It is showing it takes its community role seriously too.

HOPE is a 30 week programme being delivered at Jubilee Court by Spurs in partnership with Epping Forest District Council and other organisations. Tenants will also get the chance to try out yoga and visit the home of Tottenham at White Hart Lane. If the scheme proves successful, it is hoped to expand it into the London Boroughs of Haringey and Enfield.

Black History Month

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James Albert Ukawsaw Gronniosaw an African Prince

As part of Black History Month, the Epping Forest District Museum website is showing a film it commissoned for last year`s commemoration of the the Abolition of Slavery. The film is a narrative of the most remarkable particulars in the life of James Albert Ukawsaw Gronniosaw an African prince, written by himself.

James Albert Ukawsaw Gronniosaw was captured into slavery when he was a child. Many years later, when he was living in England, he recorded his life story. His memories of Africa, New York, London, Colchester and Norwich were published in 1774. The book is believed to be the first slave narrative to be published in Britain.

Watch the webcastWebcast of James Akawsaw Gronniosaw – an African Prince (opens in a new window)

This film shows extracts from the book and is part of the touring exhibition `The Longest Journey: from Slavery to Abolition`, by Epping Forest District Museum, which looks at Essex links with the slave trade and its abolition.

Tell Us A Story

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Storytelling in the Epping Forest District Museum garden

Epping Forest District Museum is hosting `Tell Us A Story` on Saturday 27 September 2008 and Sunday 28 September 2008. Councillor John Knapman Chairman of the Council will be attending this free event on Saturday 27 September at 11am.

You will have the chance to interact with objects, dress up and role-play your own stories from history. Artist and storyteller Julian Walker will be at the Museum to assist people in creating their own stories from objects. He explained: There will be different activities on offer for families and older independent visitors. Families will be able to use historical costume and objects from the period to role-play a scene from history. For example in the Victorian gallery, as well as attempting to get into a corset and crinoline, they will be given a Victorian budget and have to choose whether to spend it on household items from the hardware shop, or fun items from the toy shop.

For older independent visitors there will be a choice of activities such as trying to copy medieval handwriting from a page of the Waltham Abbey Bible. Those less confident about role play will be able to curate their own case to tell a story, choosing from a wide selection of objects.

`Tell Us A Story` coincides with the launch of the Cultural Olympiad and has been funded by the Museums Libraries and Archives Council`s `Setting the Pace: Festival of Storytelling ` Grant Scheme. Isobel Siddons MLA Programme Manager for 2012 said: “We are thrilled to be among the first organisations to have projects awarded the Inspired by 2012 mark. We hope this will reward museums, libraries and archives for the commitment they have shown to the vision of the Cultural Olympiad and enable them to contribute to a lasting legacy for the people of our country.”

Visitors use historical costumes and objects from the period to role-play a scene

Epping Forest District Council Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Young People Councillor Heather Harding said: Tell Us A Story gives local residents the opportunity to learn about and reinterpret their culture, heritage and history.

    The event is free of charge and there is no need to book.

  • Saturday 27 September 2008 between 11am and 4pm
  • Sunday 28 September 2008 between 2pm and 4pm
  • Telephone the Museum on 01992 716882
  • Epping Forest District Museum website

Women`s Sports For Fun

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If you have ever wanted to try a sport but never had the confidence to join a Club, then the Women`s Sport for Fun course could be for you. A ten-week taster course, including different sports activities, will begin on 10 September at Waltham Abbey Sports Centre in the evenings.

    The programme is as follows:

  • Dance
    10 September 2008 at 8:15pm to 9:15pm
    17 September 2008 at 8:15pm to 9:15pm
  • Football
    24 September 2008 at 8pm to 9pm
    1 October 2008 at 8pm to 9pm
  • Self Defence
    8 October 2008 at 8:15pm to 9:15pm
    15 October 2008 at 8:15pm to 9:15pm
  • Netball
    22 October 2008 at 8pm to 9pm
    29 October 2008 at 8pm to 9pm
  • Tag Rugby
    5 November 2008 at 8pm to 9pm
    12 November 2008 at 8pm to 9pm

These sports sessions give women the opportunity to learn new skills in a fun and non-competitive environment and receive tuition from expert coaches. You can book on to individual sessions for £3 or the whole course for £24. For more information or a booking form, please contact Fabrizio Ferrari Assistant Sports Development Officer on 01992 564220.

New GP Surgery for Nazeing

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People living in the Nazeing area can look forward to a brand new state of the art GP premises early next year. The former police houses in North Street have been demolished making way for the new primary care premises.

The new primary care premises will be home to GPs and nurse practitioners. The premises will also have facilities for specialist clinics such as diabetes, heart conditions, respiratory conditions and minor surgery. It is replacing the current primary care premises located in temporary accommodation on private land in Paynes Lane.

Building work is expected to take 12 months which means the health professionals will be able to move in early 2009.

The PCTs project manager Ann-Marie Grant says: “The old police houses have been demolished which is quite a milestone. It now means the developers can get on site to start building the new modern purpose built primary care facilities that people in Nazeing want.”

Catherine O’Connell, the PCTs locality director hopes that more people will register with the GP practice now they know exactly where the new premises will be. She said: “All of the people currently registered with the Nazeing Valley Health Centre will automatically move to the new premises when they are built. The practice list is open so local people not already registered can do so and they will move to the new premises as well. It’s an exciting time and we’re looking forward to providing even more primary care services in the future.”

To register with the health centre contact them on 01279 893938.